Friday, 31 August 2007

Horse:Foot ratio and Unit Sizes

Having trawled through some battle info, looking at composition of armies; the horse to foot ratio varies from 1:2 to 1:6; overall the average is about 1:3.5

Unit strengths;
Theoretical - 10cys @ 100 men --> 1000
Actuals : royalist foot - late 1642: ~ 600; early 1644: ~325

Theoretical - 6+ troops @ 70 men each --> 500
Actuals : parliament horse 1644 : average ~390.

Using a 1:30 fig to men ratio for my wargame units gives me
Foot regiment: 24figs --> 720 (bit high)
Horse regiment: 12figs --> 360 (about right)

(unit size info derived from English Civil War Armies (Osprey)

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